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IP & Legal Committee

Purpose and Function: The Copyright Committee (now called the Intellectual Property & Legal Committee) was founded in 1994 in the wake of the digital era to protect and advance the rights and interests of broadcasters in the various international negotiations on copyright issues that are conducted in forums like the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

The change of the name was approved by the 53rd ABU General Assembly in 2016 in Bali, Indonesia. This change was necessary to reflect the wider issues around intellectual property in the industry and by not confining itself to copyright only. The Committee also felt that there was a need to discuss the broader legal issues surrounding broadcasters as technologies advance and the fundamentals of the broadcasting industry are constantly challenged.

The Committee Meeting is open to all ABU Full, Additional Full and Associate members. Members are represented by officials working in their Legal or Intellectual Property/Copyright Departments. The Committee works in close collaboration with regional broadcasting unions and international broadcasting associations around the world in lobbying for the adoption of a Broadcaster’s Treaty under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The Committee Forum on the other hand is opened to all members and is normally held on the second day of the two-day event. There is no fee to be a member of the Committee Meeting.

Seminars on intellectual property rights and regulatory issues are held in conjunction with the annual Intellectual Property & Legal Committee forum. Other legal issues related to broadcasting are also deliberated by eminent speakers and industry practitioners, with the objective of enlightening members, and participants.

The Committee is hosted by ABU members on a rotation basis in different countries annually.

The Terms of Reference of the Copyright Committee and Forum can be found here.

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Mr. Suranga Jayalath
Chairperson, IPLC (2019 – 2021)
Group Director, The Capital Maharaja Organization Limited, Sri Lanka
Mr. Zhang Zhao
Vice Chairperson, IPLC (2019 – 2021)

Senior Professor, China Central Television, China

 

Mr. Bulent Husnu Orhun
Vice Chairperson, IPLC (2019 – 2021)
Senior Lawyer, Turkish Radio And Television Corporation

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1st ABU Intellectual Property & Legal Committee takes place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The 1st ABU Intellectual Property & Legal Committee took place from April 13th till April 14th, 2017 at the Wyndham Tashkent Hotel in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It was hosted by ABU’s Full Member –  National TV and Radio Company of Uzbekistan (MTRK). The two day event was held in parallel with the Central Asia Media Forum (CAMF). The IPLC was followed by a half day excursion to Tashkent’s major historical landmarks.

Day One of the IPLC was the meeting which was a closed session for ABU’s Full and Additional Full members though non – members were permitted as observers upon request. It was attended by 15 delegates from 8 countries. Nawaz Dookhee – ABU Legal Manager opened the meeting while Mr. Ravshan Makhamataliev of MTRK Uzbekistan delivered the welcome remarks. Dr. Yan Bo, Chairperson of ex – Copyright Committee welcomed the delegates to the 1st ABU Intellectual Property & Legal Committee. During the course of the day, important matters such as ABU’s role in the deliberations of the Broadcasters’ Treaty, the revised consolidated text for the 34th SCCR and the roadmap for the upcoming SCCR were discussed. At the meeting, the participants also reported upon the important intellectual property and legal developments that took place in their jurisdictions during the year 2016 – 2017. This was followed by an overview of the projects to be undertaken by ABU’s Legal Division during the course of the year. At the meeting, elections for the position of the Chairperson were also held. Dr. Yan Bo, Deputy Director, Copyright & Legal Affairs Office, CCTV China was unanimously elected for a two year term as the Chairperson of the 1st IPLC. Dr. Bo had previously served as the Chairperson of the ABU Copyright Committee. During his speech, Dr. Bo stressed upon the need for increasing cooperation amongst all ABU members for protecting the broadcasting industry against signal piracy through the Broadcasters’ Treaty.

Day Two of the IPLC was the forum which was an open session attended by 53 delegates from 10 countries.The theme for this year’s forum was Modern Broadcasting and Legal Challenges. The forum was opened jointly with the Central Asia Media Forum. Nawaz Dookhee, ABU Legal Manager delivered the opening note for both the events. The welcome remarks for the IPLC forum was delivered by Mr Khurshid Mirzakhidov, Chairperson of MTRK Uzbekistan. Dr. Yan Bo, Chairman of IPLC made the opening note. During the course of the day, presentations on burning legal topics was made by eminent legal academics, lawyers representing broadcasters and organizations working for the benefit of broadcasters. The presentations were succeeded by an enlivening question and answer session.

Documents related to Day 1 (Meeting) of the IPLC :  

For the Agenda, click here.

For the presentation on the 33rd SCCR by Seemantani Sharma, ABU Legal & IP Services Officer click here.

For country reports, contact Seemantani Sharma, ABU Legal & IP Services Officer at seemantani@abu.org.my.

Documents related to Day 2 (Forum) of the IPLC :  
For the Agenda, click here.

For the presentation made by Dr. Murray Green on Ten Trends that Change Who We Are and How We Work, click here.

For the presentation made by Dr. Yan Bo on Opportunities and Challenges : Regarding Copyright Vantage and Protection of “Broadcasting” in All – Media, click here.

For the presentation made by Mr. Weng Calilin on the Contrast of Computation Mode on Damages for the IPR Infringement, click here.

For the presentation made by Seemantani Sharma on Looking Beyond Copyright : Other IPR Issues in Broadcasting, click here.

+ - 2nd ABU Intellectual Property & Legal Committee concludes in Tehran, Iran

The 2nd ABU Intellectual Property and Legal Committee (IPLC) took place on February 26th and February 27th, 2018 in Tehran, Iran. It was hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). This year’s meeting was the second meeting of the copyright committee since the change of its name to “Intellectual Property & Legal Committee” in 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Contemporary Legal Challenges of Broadcasting Organizations in Digital Era & Multi-Platform Broadcasting”.

Day One of the IPLC was the customary meeting which was a closed session for ABU’s Full, Additional Full and Associate members though non-members were permitted as observers upon request. It was attended by 20 delegates from 10 countries. During the course of the day, the revised consolidated text on the Broadcasters Treaty to be discussed at the 36th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), the importance of the making available right for ABU members and the country report on recent legal developments in the Asia-Pacific region were discussed.

Day Two of the IPLC was the forum which was an open session attended by 57 delegates from 10 countries. During the course of the day, pertinent presentations on legal topics were made by academicians, lawyers representing broadcasters and other relevant experts. The sections of the presentations were as follows:

Session 1: Legal Perspective on Broadcasting Sector in Iran.

Session 2: Broadcasters’ Challenges in Omni-media.

Session 3: Broadcasting & Intellectual Property Rights.

The presentations were succeeded by an enlivening question and answer session. The next IPLC is slated to take place in Macau.

+ - 3rd ABU Intellectual Property & Legal Committee concludes in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The 3rd ABU Intellectual Property and Legal Committee (IPLC) took place on March 11th and March 12th, 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was hosted by ABU’s Additional Full member – MTV Channel (Pvt) Limited. This year’s meeting was the third meeting of the copyright committee since the change of its name to “Intellectual Property & Legal Committee” in 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Broadcast Piracy & Intellectual Property Rights in this Era of Convergence”.

Day One of the IPLC was the customary meeting which was a closed session for ABU’s Full, Additional Full and Associate members though non-members were permitted as observers upon request. It was attended by twenty delegates from eleven countries. During the course of the meeting, the revised consolidated text on the Broadcasters Treaty to be discussed at the 38th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), regional perspectives on broadcasters rights and the country report outlining recent legal developments in the Asia-Pacific region were discussed.

Mr. Suranga Jayalath (Group Director – Legal, Maharaja TV) was unanimously elected as the Chairperson of the IPLC while Mr. Bülent Hüsnü Orhun (Advocate – TRT Turkey) and Mr. Zhang Zhao (Section Chief & Senior Professor, CCTV Copyright and Legal Affairs Office) were elected as the Vice-Chairpersons. All the office bearers have been elected for a two year term i.e. till 2021.

Day Two of the IPLC was the forum which was an open session attended by seventy-five delegates from eleven countries. During the course of the day, pertinent presentations on legal topics were made by academicians, lawyers representing broadcasters and other relevant experts. The forum consisted of the following three sessions:

Session 1: Broadcasting and Intellectual Property Rights.

Session 2: New Age Technologies in Media.

Session 3: Members Forum.

The presentations were succeeded by an enlivening question and answer session. The venue for next IPLC is yet to be finalized.

Documents related to Day 1 (Meeting) of the IPLC :  

For the Agenda, click 11th March Agenda

For Chairperson’s Report click Chairperson’sReport

For country reports, contact Ruchi Malhotra at ruchi@abu.org.my.

Documents related to Day 2 (Forum) of the IPLC :  

For the Agenda, click ForumAgenda

For the presentation made by Dr. Seyed Emaiman titled “Towards a More Convergent Media Regulation”, click SE_IRIB

For the presentation made by Mr. Emerson Cuyo titled ” Broadcasters’ Treaty: A Perspective from the Philippines”, click EC_IPO Philippines

For the presentation made by Mr. Heijo Ruijsenaars on EU Copyright Reform and Its Relevance for Broadcasters, click HR_EU

For the presentation made by Mr. Songjie Yu from Ronly & Tenwen Partners, click SY_Ronly&Tenwen